Focal an Lae #156
The Word of the Day in Irish

Word: bruscar (BROOS-kuhr, OO as in book) [bruskər]

Meaning: bruscar = fragments; rubbish, trash, garbage

Usage: One of the most commonly seen Irish words, found on rubbish bins throughout the Republic and now also in Belfast, thanks to members of Conradh na Gaeilge who have been unofficially retrofitting trash cans withnew stick-on labels!

History: Middle Irish “bruscar” (fragments; rubbish) is related to Old Irish “bruid” (smashes, crushes) and to Welsh “brau” (brittle). They all derive from the Indo-European root *bhreus- (to break). English “bruise” is a cognate.

2008-06-19 CPD